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String quartet no. 4 : string quartet

by Carl Vine (2004)

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Performance by Takács String Quartet from the CD Musica Viva 60th anniversary

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Musica Viva 60th anniversary : selected commissions 1975-2004.

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Work Overview

Much of my early concert music describes a journey from darkness to light, from uncertainty to affirmation. Although this structural model doesn't demand that optimism be entirely blind, my view of the modern world lends this new work a more acerbic flavour in its exploration of conflict without resolution.

String Quartet no 4 is in one movement of two almost equal halves. It opens by summoning the four players into a conversation that evolves into a 'murmuring' exchange signaling the first signs of dissent. A slow repeated pattern heralds a reflective violin solo that is overtaken by antagonism, but returns unperturbed to close the first half.

The second part opens with angular rhythmic gestures set abruptly against a pensive chorale. The aggression of the rhythmic gestures develops further, eventually recapitulating, in darker mood, all of the earlier material of the work. There is no coalescence, and the chorale closes the work only because the aggression, for the moment, has ceased.

Work Details

Year: 2004

Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.

Duration: 15 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia.. Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia by Geoff and Vicki Ainsworth, in honour of Carl Vine's fiftieth birthday, with support from the Ian Potter Music Commissions

First performance: by Takács String Quartet — 22 Nov 04. Perth Concert Hall, Western Australia

Performances of this work

20 Jul 2016: at Sparks of Conflict (The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre). Featuring Quartz.

30 Jun 2011: at Elias String Quartet (St Lawrence Jewry). Featuring Elias String Quartet.

8 May 2010: at Four for Australia (Campbelltown Arts Centre). Featuring Goldner String Quartet.

24 Sep 2009: at Elias String Quartet (City Recital Hall Angel Place). Featuring Elias String Quartet.

22 Sep 2009: at Elias String Quartet (Elisabeth Murdoch Hall). Featuring Elias String Quartet.

21 Sep 2009: at Elias String Quartet (City Recital Hall Angel Place). Featuring Elias String Quartet.

17 Sep 2009: at Elias String Quartet (Elisabeth Murdoch Hall). Featuring Elias String Quartet.

12 Sep 2009: at Elias String Quartet (Newcastle Conservatorium Concert Hall). Featuring Elias String Quartet.

10 Sep 2009: at Elias String Quartet (Adelaide Town Hall). Featuring Elias String Quartet.

8 Sep 2009: at Elias String Quartet (Perth Concert Hall). Featuring Elias String Quartet.

25 Jun 09: featuring Tokyo String Quartet.

10 Jun 09: featuring Tokyo String Quartet.

1 Dec 04: Musica Viva concert at Federation Concert Hall, Hobart. Featuring Takács String Quartet.

22 Nov 04: Perth Concert Hall, Western Australia. Featuring Takács String Quartet.

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